Cameroon beats Cote d'Ivoire to secure FIFA World Cup playoff spot******
YAOUNDE, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Cameroon booked a FIFA World Cup playoff spot by beating Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 in a tense clash on Tuesday evening.。
Cameroon finished Group F with 15 points, two ahead of Cote d'Ivoire who had led the Indomitable Lions by one point before the game.。
Cote d'Ivoire had needed just a draw to sail through to the final playoff round for a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.。
Cameroon got off to a good start with striker Karl Toko Ekambi scoring from a close range in the 21st minute.。
Cote d'Ivoire applied immense pressure when the game resumed for the second half but their efforts were in vain.。
When the referee sounded the final whistle, the streets were flooded with young Cameroonian football fans celebrating the victory of a team they expect to perform well when the central African nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations next year.。
Cameroon will join nine other African countries for the FIFA World Cup playoff draw on December 18. Enditem。
US misappropriation of Afghan assets inhumane: Chinese envoy******
The US misappropriation of frozen Afghan assets, while the Asian country is facing an avalanche of hunger and poverty, is inhumane, said a Chinese envoy on Wednesday.
Against the backdrop of such a grim humanitarian and economic situation, the US government decided last month to divert 7 billion US dollars in frozen Afghan assets for other purposes, which triggered widespread protests across Afghanistan, said Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations.
Noting that those assets belong to the Afghan people and the sovereign state of Afghanistan, Zhang stressed that the practice of arbitrarily handling other countries' overseas assets under US domestic law has no precedent. It is not only an infringement on Afghanistan's sovereignty and property, but also a serious contravention of international law, he said.
The envoy pointed out that those funds are the only few available assets owned by Afghanistan, playing a crucial part in the stability and development of the country. For the Afghan people, those assets are their life-saving money and their hope for survival. When Afghans need them the most, the ruthless deeds of freezing and misappropriation have inflicted "secondary damage" on them and that are completely against the due spirit of morality and justice.
What the United States has done is illegal, unreasonable and inhumane, he said, noting that China once again calls on related countries to immediately and unconditionally return those assets in full to the Afghan people, instead of making things worse. Moreover, the United States should stop applying double standards on humanitarian issues, Zhang added.
Afghanistan has going through a lot of trials and tribulations, and is now standing at a crucial stage of reconstruction. The country is working hard to improve its political structure, restore order in production and livelihood, and actively carry out foreign exchanges and cooperation. There is a good trend that more and more countries are engaging with the Afghan interim government in various forms, he said.
The international community should continue to adhere to the "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned" principle, step up engagement with the Taliban in an equitable, rational and pragmatic approach, and patiently guide the Taliban to respond to the expectations of the international community. Only in this way can Afghanistan gradually achieve lasting peace and stability and eliminate the breeding ground of terrorism. Afghan women and children can thus achieve better development, Zhang said.
As a friendly neighbor, China has always been committed to supporting the peaceful and stable development of Afghanistan. China will work closely with countries in the region, actively participate in various Afghan-related multilateral mechanisms, and promote coordinated actions by all parties to create synergy and help Afghanistan walk on a path of sound development, he said.